Day 283 — Secularism
Secularism as practiced in current discourse involves the separation of the power of church and politics, or ‘church and state’. The history of the term secular has developed since the 17th century, stemming from the Latin word for ‘generation’ or ‘age’, which referred to the lay clergy. The level of religious influence on sectors such as education, social welfare, law and media can be significant.
While there’s varying degrees of influence that could occur, the practice of secularism encourages an awareness of how this potentially disadvantages populations outside of the dominant religious faiths. Naturally varieties of secularism could exist within a nation, but the essential goal of recognising that there’s many different faiths and no faith that exist, which could be discouraged from taking part in welfare and governance if there was too much religious interference.